Dear Jennifer,

I love Baker as a surname, and it’s also listed on your website as a first name. Is Baker an accepted first name for a boy?

Sasha R.

Hi Sasha,
Absolutely Baker can be a first name! Occupational names that were originally surnames have become pretty trendy in the past couple of years, especially for boys. Consider: Mason (bricklayer), Archer, Carter, Hunter, Parker, Chandler…the list goes on!

The only caveat I would have is that the slang term “baked” is used to denote someone who is high on marijuana. I don’t really see that affecting the full name Baker, unless you call him “Bake” for a nickname.

Hope that helps!

Jennifer Moss (she/her) is the founder of, author of The Baby Names Workbook, and Producer of The Baby Names Podcast. Jennifer is widely regarded as the leading expert on popular baby name trends and the naming process, serving as the authoritative source on the subject for national and international media.

Jennifer entered the tech arena in the 80s as a software developer and database architect, and became a pioneer in the Internet industry. In addition to operating, Jennifer owns a web development agency in central California.